Post # 1
There is a small list of medicine you can take while you are pregnant. I have the list – which was given to me from my doctor. But WHY can’t I take NyQuil and DayQuil? I know NyQuil has the alcohol in it… but aside from that… can anyone tell me WHY?
And please don’t tell me to call my doctor. I know I can call my doctor. I just want to see how smart my Bee’s are!! 🙂
Post # 3
@kelly105: I think the last comment on this page has a pretty good explanation. You can take drugs with one active ingredient to treat a symptom individually. But combo drugs are a no-no.
Post # 4
I haven’t been pregnant, but I heard it is becuase there are a LOT iningredients in both of those.
Post # 5
A lot of meds are restricted for pregnant women because there is no research done on the effects of that drug or product.
There are ethical problems with doing drug testing on pregnant women.
The safest practice is to limit the use of any and all drugs ( including over the counter and herbal products) during pregnancy. Just think how you’d feel if there was a problem with the baby and you had indiscriminately self medicated.
Post # 6
@julies1949: Exactly this. There is no evidence. Almost everything that’s restricted in pregnancy is because they just don’t know what would happen. And not many pregnant women are lining up to try experimental medicine.
Therefore, safest approach is not to take anything that hasn’t been tested. Not worth the risk. Your cold may suck but it will go away in a few days. However, the potential side effects of medicine could last a lifetime for your baby.
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Post # 8
The amount of alcohol in the medicine wouldn’t be enough to affect the baby – heck nurses here tell us to drink a beer to help bring in our milk!
I realize that different states and even countries have different opinions on certain medical things, pregnancy is one. I wanted to share with you something that my family doctor gave me when I was pregnant with my first, and again now with my second.
This is a website developed by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. It is a very well known hospital in Ontario for it’s work with children – including pre-term and complicated births/pregnancies and so on.
This website can help answer a lot of your questions about why you shouldn’t take certain medication during pregnancy. It contains reports from doctors over the world and their finds – some even give reasons that you are safe to take certain medication that was once thought harmful.
My doctor gave me a wallet guide version that I carry in my purse so if I’m not feeling well or I need to know if something is safe I can refer to it with ease.
Post # 9
I also was under the impression it’s because of the mixture of ingredients. There are other cold medicines you can take so I would just try one of them rather than the Nyquil brand if you really need medication.